The Utter Depravity of Man 

The natural man (man in his default state) is doomed. Every one came into this world with judgement lurking/hanging over his head. Man, naturally, is depraved and is an embodiment of wicked acts against God and against humanity. 

This is a as a result of our father’s sin.
Romans 5:12-14

Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned— To be sure, sin was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not charged against anyone’s account where there is no law. Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who is a pattern of the one to come.
We inherited Adam’s transgression and the consequence of his sin. It came with us into the world. Death came with us into the world as a result of of Adam’s sin. This death was the separation from the source of life. This death was a separation from God. 
Eph 2:12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenant of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. 
We were born without hope, without God. We had no part in the life of God, we were doomed and destined for destruction. 
No act or deed man did could redeem man from his destiny. No religion, no amount of worship of known and unknown gods could save man. No amount of moral acts, of alms giving, could give man a clean conscience, give him a right standing with God, or give him hope for the life after death. 
Man was born dead and had no other presumption but to do acts of death. 

Rom 5:21 so that just as sin reigned in death… 

Man was preoccupied with sin. 
But just as man’s consent was not sought before man became a “sinner”, God paid the price for death and sin to be taken away even while man was still in death and sin. 
Rom 5:8 But God demonstrates His love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 
Christ died to redeem man from the chains of sin and death and to reconcile man back to God, to give man hope,  to give him eternal life (God’s kind of life).
Christ died for the remission of our sins. Remission is pardon of sins, letting them go as if they had never been committed. In Christ, God forgets every wrong doing you’ve ever done. He doesn’t just forgive, He forgets and will never remember them again. 
Romans 5:19 for just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous. 
“will be made righteous”- as many as will believe in him are made righteous, are given a standing with God based on the works Jesus and not based on their own works.
Everyone who believes in Christ is made the righteousness of God in Christ. 

2 Corinthians 5:21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 
God wants to give you His own righteousness, a right standing with God, a boldness to approach Him with a clear conscience free of guilt and condemnation. 
Just believe in the finished works of Christ. 

Just believe in Jesus. 


A. E. Philip. 

The Perfect Sacrifice of Jesus  

The book of Hebrews is replete with so much about the complete and perfect sacrifice of Jesus that one has to deliberately not see,  or one has to be taught and helped not to believe that Jesus alone is enough for salvation. 
By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.  But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;

Hebrews 10:10‭, ‬12 KJV. 
I believe that anyone who hears the gospel of Jesus and concludes that it’s okay to live a sinful life since there’s grace, has not genuinely received Jesus as his Lord. 

David spoke of the man whose sins are covered, one to whom God will not impute iniquity, whose transgression is forgiven… He saw by the spirit,  the new creation… I just love that I am a new creation in christ Jesus and the object of God’s love…

I am what God says I am… I am righteous and truly holy… I am sanctified and perfected forever. Thank you Jesus.
Pastor Martyn N. O.

Justified by Faith.Romans 4.

Abraham believed God’s promises  and believed God’s covenant with him and it was credited to him as righteousness. He was declared righteous because he believed. 
Gen 15:6 NIV:Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.

The circumcision of the male child was meant to be a sign of the covenant between God and Abraham. It was not the covenant, it was done for them to remember the covenant. Abraham was not not to do anyother thing to receive the promises, he was just to believe. God had promised him and blessed him many times before He gave the commandment of circumcision as a sign. 

Gen 12:

2 NIV:“I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.

3 NIV:I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

Just blessings, God made the covenant. No strings attached. 

Gen 12:7 NIV:The Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to the Lord, who had appeared to him.

Gen 13:

15 NIV:All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever.

16 NIV:I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted.

Gen 14:20, “The Priest of God Most High” came to bless him; “and he blessed Abram, saying, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth.” NIV.

Note that the blessings came before the tithe therefore the tithe was not to and did not “provoke” the blessings.

Gen 15:1 NIV:After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.”


NIV:On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram and said, “To your descendants I give this land, from the Wadi of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates—

And in Gen 17:11, after establishing the covenant and raining blessings in Abraham, God said ”

NIV:You are to undergo circumcision, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and you.”

Note: it is not the covenant but the sign of the covenant. 

Rom 4:11 NIV:And he received circumcision as a sign, a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. So then, he is the father of all who believe but have not been circumcised, in order that righteousness might be credited to them.

A seal of his righteousness. He was already declared righteous before he was circumcised. He was circumcised at 99 years old, he was righteous from the day he believed God. 

The descendants/offsprings who would be countless are us, the believing ones. The ones who have believed just like he believed. He is our father. Truly, he is the father of many nations, the father of every one who has come to Jesus by faith. 

Rom 4:16 Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all.

We are justified by faith too. It is also credited to us as righteousness, our believing in Jesus. 

Rom 4: 23: The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him alone,

24: but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.

Our believing in His death and resurrection is all that is needed for us to be declared righteous. We believe, therefore, God credits it to us as righteousness and we are justified. 

Rom 4:25 “He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.” This is what we believe and are saved. 

Just like our father, Abraham, our circumcision (i.e our good works, our acts of righteousness) is not the covenant. Our good works is the sign of our righteous state, “a seal of the righteousness that we had/have by faith” even before the good works started. 


We are the ones who believe!! 

We are the righteous ones!!! 

We are the ones that show forth good works!!!!



Pastor A. E. Philip.


Text: 2 Cor.5:17

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” [KJV]

Part 2A: Explaining The Scriptures.

From the beginning of the Christian Faith until now, we have had scholars who explained (and even analyzed) the Scriptures. This all began in the New Testament from Jesus Christ, then the Apostles (and early believers) and then some other believers through history till date. [I’m particular about Christianity hence, I didn’t mention the Scribes].

At this point, we need to examine what the Scriptures is: The word, “Scriptures” appears mainly in the New Testament part of the Bible (though it also appeared once in Dan.10:21). When it is used or mentioned, it refers to the collection of “writings” of the Old Testament i.e the Old Testament canon.

There is evidence in the Bible and other historical materials that the Old Testament canon of scriptures were already completed at the time Jesus was on earth. For example, Jesus declared that the Sadducees were in error because they don’t know the Scriptures:

Mat 22:29

“Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.” [KJV]

Jesus further exalted the Scriptures in Matt.5:17-18 and Jn.10:35.

Mat 5:17-18 

“17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” [KJV]

Joh 10:35

“If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;” [KJV]

Josephus, a first century A.D Jewish historian ( => he lived in the days of Jesus, and wrote down in various documents a historical account of the events and activities of the Jewish people in his days. He was not a Christian),  reveals in his works that the succession of prophets in Israel ended in the days of Nehemiah with the book of Malachi (400B.C) which was about 400 years before John (the Baptist) came prophesying. (See the book, “From God To Us, How we got our Bible” by Norman L. Giesler and William E.Nix, Ch.6, page85).

The end of this prophetic succession meant the close of the canon.

This then shows why Jesus says that the Scriptures ‘must be fulfiled.’

Mar 14:49

“I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and ye took me not: but the scriptures must be fulfilled.” [KJV]

Lk.24:25-27, 44-45

“25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: 26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? 27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.” [KJV]

Luk 24:44-45

“44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. 45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,” [KJV]

Before we proceed, let’s examine an important concept; Jesus, in explaining the Scriptures used the word, “Christ”. This word from the Greek word “kristos” is an equivalent of the Hebrew word, “mashiach” which is translated “Messiah”. It means “the Anointed One”. The word Messiah appears only in Dan.9:25-26 and is used in reference to the coming ruler of Israel. For the sake of clarity in understanding the message contained there, we would read from the Easy English Version.

Dan 9:25-26

“25 I want you to know and understand. Someone will tell men that they must build Jerusalem again. After 49 years (in other words, 7 × 7), people will build Jerusalem city again. They will build streets and a wall. But God’s people will have much trouble during this time. Then there will be 434 years (in other words, 62 × 7) more. Then, the special ruler that God has chosen will come. 26 After the 434 years, people will kill the special ruler that God has sent. He will have nothing. Then a foreign ruler will come with his army and he will destroy the city and the holy place. The end will be like a fast river. War will continue until the end of that time. God has said that people would destroy things.” [Easy English]

There is biblical evidence that the scriptures concerning the Messiah were already known to the Jewish scholars. This becomes obvious when we examine (for example) the following scriptures: Matt.2:3-6 and Matt.22:41-46.

Mat 2:3-6

 3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. 5 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, 6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel. [KJV]

Take note that the teachers of the Law could tell “Where the Christ (Messiah) would be born.” Even though Messiah was only spoken of in Dan.9:25-26. This means they had done much studies and research which revealed other aspects about the Messiah.

Mat 22:41-46 

41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, 42 Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The Son of David. 43 He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying, 44 The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool? 45 If David then call him Lord, how is he his son? 46 And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions. [KJV]

Here, there are two things to note: First, the people knew (and agreed about) who’s son the Messiah is, and secondly, no one opposed Jesus even though He quoted Psalms 110:1 as a messianic prophecy. In fact, everyone became afraid of asking him questions. If Jesus were wrong, everyone around would have a reason to speak against Him. This is a pointer to the fact that it was accurate (or theologically correct).

Hence, it is not unapt to say that the Jewish Scholars had already concluded theologically who the Christ is and portions of scriptures that testify about Him.


Text: 2 Cor.5:17

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” [KJV]
Part 1: Understanding The Scriptures.

In Acts 8:29-35 we find a classical example of a situation in which a man read the Scriptures and never understood it. He needed an explanation, hence, Philip being sent by the Holy Spirit, “explained the Scriptures” to him. Take note that Philip didn’t decide to use an opportunity to preach Christ to the man, rather he explained exactly the scriptures the man was reading at that time – it was about the Christ, how he paid the price for sin. (See Isa.53).
In verse 30-31 the Bible says, 

” Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.

“How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. ” [NIV]
On this note, we can infer that THE SCRIPTURES ARE TO BE EXPLAINED. This can be done in two ways:

1. The Holy Spirit guides into all of the Truth. (Jn.16:12-16).

2. Sometimes, we need someone to explain the Scriptures to us (like it’s stated in vs.30-31).

Anyone who should be in a position to explain the Scriptures must do it rightly (like Philip did), and to do that, there must be a proper and objective manner of doing so. To successfully do this, two key things are required:
2 Tim.2:15 says,

” Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. ” [KJV]
The first key thing mentioned here is STUDY. This word from the Greek rendering is “spoudazo” which means ‘to make effort, give diligence, labour, etc.’ The person must labour in the place of study; it’s not an easy task, it requires a great deal of patience and openness, with a desire to understand in a careful manner what the Scriptures say.
The second key thing mentioned is RIGHTLY DIVIDING. The Greek word, “orthotomeo” means ‘to make a straight cut, that is (figuratively) to disect (expound) correctly (the divine message).’ Not only should there be a careful and diligent study, there should also be a careful explanation in the correct or accurate application. The person has to be detailed (explain in great details – expound).
Understanding of Scriptures cannot come without great and precise details being presented and looked into. And the best method to study and get these details in such a precise manner, is the Contextual Study method (a.k.a Contextual Interpretation). And it is important to note that such person must be Born Again. A man who is not Born Again would not have a base to correctly interpret the Scriptures because there wouldn’t be that spiritual experience to give personal evidence and confirmation of the Word in such a person. Such person, if they ever try to explain it, cannot put faith in the Word or be confident about it, rather, they would question it and increase doubt. Such person would only have ‘head knowledge’ which wouldn’t profit them.
So, when the Scriptures are properly understood in this light, the meaning of the text scripture above (2Cor.5:17) would become open to the heart of the believer, and stir up much confidence in God’s word.

Marriage/Relationship is an Assignment.

Relationship/marriage is spiritual, so you should let God lead you in every step. Dnt rush or get enticed by material things. Seek God and give it time.

You must first discover whom you are b4 looking for a partner; first step and very important. 

You must not start relationship when you are not ready for marriage.

Your purpose and dat of ur partner must align with each other. Marrying someone with same purpose is very important cox both of you are moving in the same direction. You cannot enter ring road bus to go meet someone at oluku. Both of you should have a similar goal.

Now marrying someone with similar purpose does not mean dat a banker must marry a banker, pastor must marry a pastor etc. No! 

I think it entails moving along with his/her purpose.

You are a teacher and ur spouse is a travelling person but you are ok with it. You are a business tycoon and ur partner is a barrister or politician but you are cool with it., you dnt hv issues with it. Both of you can help each other to do it better and grow. My dear a hair stylist can marry a bishop and both of them work together and think alike to achieve their goal and God-given purpose. Can two walk together lest they agree?

If u knw ur partner’s purpose and you are ok with it, u should also help to pursue and built it.

Marriage is an assignment not an achievement. A man on assignment shud go for a woman on assignment. Cux wen you marry her, you are fulfilling purpose and wen both of you align, think alike and carry out your assignment together, you are fulfilling destiny.

God bless you…

We are preparing to give you an explosion on relationship…

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PART 3 (The Books)

The Old Testament..
The Old Testament itself consist of three main parts, called
 ‘The Law, the Prophets and the Writings. 

In Jewish terminology, ‘The Law’ is the first three books attributed to Moses.
‘The Prophets’ consist of all the Prophets except Daniel, but includes the book of Joshua, Judges, Samuel and Kings.

‘The Writing’ is everything else. This is further reduced to ‘The Law and The Prophets’ in the New Testament.

In the Christian Bible, the order of the Historical books is somewhat more chronological.

The New Testament consists of two main parts: the four Gospels and the Epistles of Paul and other leaders of the Early Churches.
Between the gospel and the letters, it’s Luke’s account of the growth of the early church called, “The Acts Of The Apostles”. The New Testament concludes with the ‘Revelation’, a glimpse into heaven and the future as seen by the Apostle John.

The Books of the Apocrypha(A Greek language meaning ‘Hidden’) were written by Jewish religious writers in the period between the old and New Testaments. The Biblical apocrypha (from the Greek ἀπόκρυφος, apókruphos, meaning “hidden”) denotes the collection of ancient books found in some editions of Christian Bibles in a separate section between the Old and New Testaments or as an appendix after the New Testament. Some Christian Churches include some or all of the same texts within the body of their version of the Old Testament.
Some Apocryphal books, such as Tobit, turned up among the ‘Dead Sea Scrolls’ at Qumran, later Jewish and Protestant Christian opinion did not regard the Apocrypha as authoritative or ‘Canonical’.The Catholic and Orthodox Churches accord the Apocrypha ‘Canonical’ status,but there is not complete argument as to which writings should be included. At the Apocryphal book ,only  Maccabees 1 & 2 are valuable historical sources.
The Lost Books of the Bible and the Forgotten Books of Eden (1926) is a collection of 17th-century and 18th-century English translations of some Old Testament Pseudepigrapha and New Testament Apocrypha, some of which were assembled in the 1820s, and then republished with the current title in 1926.

Pseudepigrapha are falsely attributed works, texts whose claimed author is not the true author, or a work whose real author attributed it to a figure of the past. Some of these works may have originated among Jewish Hellenizers, others may have Christian authorship in character and origin.

Contents of The Lost Books of the Bible

{♦ = found in The Apostolic Fathers}
    The Protevangelion

    The Gospel of the Infancy of Jesus Christ

    The Infancy Gospel of Thomas

    The Epistles of Jesus Christ and Abgarus King of Edessa

    The Gospel of Nicodemus (Acts of Pilate)

    The Apostles’ Creed (throughout history)

    The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Laodiceans

    The Epistles of Paul the Apostle to Seneca, with Seneca’s to Paul

    The Acts of Paul and Thecla

    ♦ The Epistles of Clement (The First and Second Epistles of Clement to the Corinthians)

    ♦ The Epistle of Barnabas

    ♦ The Epistle of Ignatius to the Ephesians

    ♦ The Epistle of Ignatius to the Magnesians

    ♦ The Epistle of Ignatius to the Trallians

    ♦ The Epistle of Ignatius to the Romans

    ♦ The Epistle of Ignatius to the Philadelphians

    ♦ The Epistle of Ignatius to the Smyrneans

    ♦ The Epistle of Ignatius to Polycarp

    ♦ The Shepherd of Hermas (Visions, Commands, and Similitudes)

    Letter of Herod To Pilate the Governor

    Letter of Pilate to Herod

    The Lost Gospel of Peter

    ♦ The Epistle of Polycarp to the Philippians
Contents of The Forgotten Books of Eden
    The Conflict of Adam and Eve with Satan (The First and Second Book of Adam and Eve)

    The Secrets of Enoch (also known as the Slavonic Enoch or Second Enoch)

    The Psalms of Solomon

    The Odes of Solomon

    The Letter of Aristeas

    The Fourth Book of Maccabees

    The Story of Ahikar

    Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs


Edgar J. Goodspeed, Modern Apocrypha (Boston, Beacon Press, 1956), chapt. 15.

The Bible encyclopedia

The Iion Atlas of Bible History, Paul Lawrence

The new Combined Bible dictionary and concordance..

Strong concordance.


NOTE: the apocrypha and lost books of the Bible are not part of the canonical bible.


Part Two: (The Setting)

The time, place and conditions in which the event of the  Bible took place, is important to understanding of the Bible to a reasonable extent.

Since the entire Bible is about Jesus, it is better to know that the world Jesus entered was intensely religious.

To understand the teachings of Jesus, then we need to know more about His world. Who the religious leaders were, how the different groups arose, what they believed and why they collided with Jesus as they did. (However, interested readers should do more studies on that).

It got to a point that the Jews were ruled by diff sect…

The Seleucid Rule..

The Hasmonean Rule..

The Roman Rule..

For two hundred years before and one hundred years after the birth of Christ,the Jewish people saw very little peace and even loss autonomy, they were forced to live as the people of God under the domination of foreign powers with all their pagan activities & contempt for the Jews, they never gave up the dream or the fight for Jewish independence, even though, they could not possibly have achieved it by their own sword.

Among the Jews themselves, there was a constant struggle for the political and religious power.

However, the Old Testament owes its preservation to d fact that it was perceived by Jewish scribes and Priests to be a sacred book..

Similarly, the New Testament was viewed by the father of the early Christians church as sacred-sacred because, in the pages of the Bible, the living God claims to reveal himself to mankind.



*The Iion Atlas of Bible History, Paul Lawrence

*The new Combined Bible dictionary and concordance..

*Strong concordance.

* The bible encyclopedia




The word Bible is taken from a Greek word ‘biblia’ meaning ‘books’. Essentialy, the Bible is a collection of sixty-six books, divided into two sections, which is popularly known as the Old and New Testaments.

Testament in Biblical terminology means Covenant and Agreement made between God and His people.   

The old Testament claims to be a record of God’s revelation to His people, Israel. It was written by some thirty different writers, over a period of approximately, a thousand years. The  writing (scroll) were kept in the ark of covenant or in the Temple. (Ex 25:16,21, And thou shalt put into the ark the testimony which I shall give thee, And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee. Deut 10:5 And I turned myself and came down from the mount, and put the tables in the ark which I had made; and there they be, as the LORD commanded me. 2kings 22:8And Hilkiah the high priest said unto Shaphan the scribe, I have found the book of the law in the house of the LORD. And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it). 

The primary language was Hebrew, the language of the Isrealite, although, a few short portions were written in Aramaic, a semitic language related to Hebrew that the Jews learned during the exiles in Babylon.

The New Testament purports (True) to be a record of Jesus and ministry and the establishment of the Church. It was written in Greek by some nine different writers in the second half of the first century, A.D

Whereas the old covenant was God’s message to Israel communicated at many times and in various ways, the new testament records God’s word made flesh in the person  of His son, Jesus.

The term Bible is used differently by Jews and Christian. Jews used the Bible for what the Christians call the old testament, while Christians use the term Bible for both New and Old Testaments.


*The Iion Atlas of Bible History, Paul Lawrence

*The new Combined Bible dictionary and concordance..

*Strong concordance.



For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

Titus 2:11-12

A teacher is a person whose job is teaching. To teach is to help somebody learn something by giving information about it. There is a misconception about grace, some will tell you the more you sin the more God’s grace is ever increasing, some will say no matter you do and continue doing “once you are saved you are forever save..” the truth remains you are forever save when you remained saved, and you can remain saved when you are within the reach of grace. You can be as perfect as God within the circumference of grace, for there’s a possibility of fallen out of grace (Rom 11:22, Philipians 2:12 1Peter 1:5-13, James 1:12-15, 1 John 2:4-5, Heb 6:4-6. etc).

How can we remain save? The bible says grace will teach us. Grace will give us the information needed to learn how to live godly and righteously in this present age. Don’t be deceived the church is gradually moving towards apostasy in this perilous time ( 1Timothy 4:1-16).

Submit yourself as a student of grace and let grace teach you, let grace instruct you, allow yourself to be led by the spirit of grace. Grace will teach you how to think on everything that is pure.


Prayer Point: God help me to submit myself as a student of grace.